History of China
Buddhism arrives in China
Blue-eyed Central Asian monk teaching East-Asian monk, Bezeklik, Turpan, eastern Tarim Basin, China, ninth century; the monk on the left is possibly Tocharian,[46] although more likely Sogdian
50 BCE Jan 1

Buddhism arrives in China


Various legends tell of the presence of Buddhism in Chinese soil in very ancient times. While the scholarly consensus is that Buddhism first came to China in the first century CE during the Han dynasty, through missionaries from India, it is not known precisely when Buddhism entered China.